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WASHINGTON - A controversial chemical commonly found in baby bottles, can linings and other household products does not pose a health hazard when used in food containers, according to a draft assessment released by the Food and Drug Administration Friday.
The report stands in contrast more than 100 studies performed by government scientists and university laboratories that have found health concerns associated with BPA. Some have linked the chemical to prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, behavioral disorders such as hyperactivity and reproductive problems in lab animals.
Exposure to the small amounts of bisphenol A (BPA) that migrate from the containers into the food they hold are not dangerous to infants or adults, the draft said.
"FDA has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses," regulators wrote in the draft report, which will be reviewed Sept. 16 at a meeting of members of an FDA advisory committee studying the safety of the chemical.
The chemical industry and the agencies that regulate the use of BPA, the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency, have deemed the chemical safe, largely on the strength of two industry-funded studies that found no problems. The American Chemistry Council welcomed the findings of the new report.